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  • Wikimedia Italia is the official wikimedia chapter in Italy. Wikimedia Italia was the original partner and instigator of the WikiAfrica movement and has been the guardian of its brand, including this URL.

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  • An officially recognised group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Egypt.

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  • A series of training sessions in 2014 and 2015 that developed the skills of Wikipedians from across Africa. #OpenAfrica14 took place over 4 weeks in Cape Town with delegates from Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. #OpenAfrica14 was conceptualised by WikiAfrica was supported by Creative Commons South Africa, Prins Claus Fons and Fondation Orange. […]

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  • An officially recognised group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Algeria.

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  • An officially recognised group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Morocco.

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  • An officially recognised group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Tunisia.

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  • New media technology, the increasing prevalence of linked cellular phones, and increased access to global information sources, along with social networking and media-sharing websites, has altered the way that individuals learn, interpret, create and ‘publish’ work. The Open Movement has evolved as individuals and institutions around the world have embraced the benefits of releasing digitised […]

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  • In March 2013, the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) launched its ground-breaking content management system – SAHRIS.  To celebrate the launch of SAHRIS, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) decided to dedicate 2 hours of their Morning Live show to South African heritage. SAHRIS project’s founder and developer Nicholas Wiltshire invited WikiAfrica to attend, and […]

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    More about The Impact of WikiAfrica

    WikiAfrica was started in 2006 as a collaboration between Wikimedia IT and lettera27, since then – via the support of several organisations and the work of a few people – it has grown to embrace the continent and build communities. It has been pivotal in driving the current contributions done by communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

    The Wiki Africa movement timeline 2006-2017

    The projects detailed below form the main backbone of the WikiAfrica movement. They have all been conceptualised, instigated and led by three members of Wiki In Africa, although until 2017 through the agency or fiscal sponsorship of different organisations.


    • WikiAfrica is launched by lettera27 Foundation in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia, led by Iolanda Pensa.


    • A 30’000 African contributions to Wikimedia projects by 2012 milestone is set.


    • The Africa Centre begins working on WikiAfrica projects, led by Isla Haddow-Flood.
    • Share Your Knowledge is launched to involve cultural institutions in contributing to the WikiAfrica milestone.





    • The OpenAfrica15, a week-long WIR training course training 6 Wikipedians across Africa at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.
    • 2015. The second edition of Wiki Loves Africa photographic competition is held and completed under the theme Cultural Fashion and Adornment.



    • Wiki In Africa is registered as an NGO in South Africa.
    • Official launch of WikiFundi, a software that provides off-line editing environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment.
    • #16WikiWomen translation drive is held to celebrate International Women’s Day for Wiki Loves Women.

    WikiAfrica projects across Africa since 2013

    Hosts and Partners

    The organisations that have hosted or are collaborating on Wiki Africa projects include:

    Credit: This website is managed and run by Wiki In Africa in order to ensure all contributions to WikiAfrica are recorded.